That’s right, we’ve been nominated for a Liebster Award!
These fun awards are a great way to help blogs connect and support one another; we were nominated by the very lovely Kaylene, over at ‘Cheers to Traveling’ and are very happy to accept. (Cheers!)
How it works:
You’re nominated by another blogger, who has been nominated themselves.
The nominator comes up with 11 questions, which as a nominee you are expected to answer.
You must then come up with 11 questions of your own, and put them to your nominees, and if they choose to accept, they continue the trail by answering your questions, selecting blogs they like to nominate and then giving them 11 questions.
It’s like those email chains you used to get sent, but interesting and nice.
Most of these will be answered by me (Abi), as I started the blog, but the others may jump in from time to time:
What made you start a blog?
This blog has had a few name changes along the way… It was started (I think) in 2013 originally, as a sort of travel diary to accompany my first big trip, which was Trek America. I’m a very excitable person, that loves planning and so it was a really good way of prepping and putting my thoughts down, without constantly driving my friends and family insane. Since then it’s become a lot more than that.
What advice would you give someone considering starting a blog?
Honestly, just do it. It might not be great when you first start, but if you have the will and want, what’s to lose? It does take time and effort, but it’s worth it.
What have you found the most success in getting more traffic to your site?
Social media tbh, mostly Twitter and Instagram. Just getting the blog out there and connecting with other (awesome) like minded people. Obviously not every post will be a hit, but seeing as we post daily, 1 out of 7 generally does ok! We’re nowhere near the big leagues yet, but we’re having fun nonetheless.
What fuels your writing?
It sounds cheesy, but a love of travel. I adore reading travel books (Bill Bryson is 100 percent my biggest inspiration) and seeing the different twists authors can put on an adventure made me want to go out and have my own. The writing comes organically with it. I mean, part of the fun of traveling, is sharing it. Having someone else say “Hey, I went there – what did you think of so and so?” is something I always look forward to. Also, gaining a circle of bloggers that you can communicate with about your ideas and experiences is a good motivation.
What piece of writing are you most proud of?
I think my Scotland blogs are some of my favourites. I wish I’d written more when I went to America (it’s ironic considering that’s why this was started, I know), but we genuinely had such little electricity and internet, it made it really difficult and as it was my first big trip, I just didn’t have the will power! The Scotland one’s really cover everything, and I think (hope!) they are helpful, as we went to some cool, but random places, that are slightly off the beaten track (literally!) that I loved and I think that comes across in them.
What is your biggest goal for the next year?
Just keeping going with regular posting is a big goal – we only started daily posting in the last few months, and it’s become a big part of my life, so continuing with that would be nice! Also, going back to the USA and properly blogging our experiences would be fab.
What do you hope to get out of blogging?
It pushes me on to do things as although I am a big believer in not having to have a reason to go for what you want, it’s nice to have an outlet at the end of the day. Some more readers would be nice, I guess! Improved writing and a creative outlet is what I get out of it at the minute, and as a result, I’d say I’m getting a good return on everything I put in.
Where is your favorite vacation you’ve ever had?
This is a really, really tough one. I think I’m going to say the trip to Croatia we took earlier this year, just because I’d never been to that part of the world and had no idea what to expect, but loved all of it. In my head I was ready for it to go completely the other way, but embracing it made every day a genuine new adventure and I had such a blast.
What is the most adventurous thing you’ve ever done?
I’ve never bungee jumped, or climbed a mountain or anything like that (though I would like to), so in all honesty, I think it would be the trip to America, in that we were 20 and had never done anything like it, so it was a HUGE deal to us, but we saved up and planned, and came back with the best memories. Yes it was part of an organised tour (Trek America), but it takes a lot of effort on your own part – literally putting up your own tent every night, cooking your own food. You get out of it what you put in, and most of the time, we had no idea what was around the corner. Pretty sure we went through every emotion on that trip! But we came out better off on the other side.
What is one of the most memorable meals you’ve ever had?
I can think of sooo many amazing meals so this is really tough. I think eating meat loaf (which I didn’t even like!) whilst hanging out at Dead Horse Point, in Utah, would have to go up there as one of the most memorable. Or maybe steak at the Big Texan Steak House in Amarillo. Both of those are kind of funny to say for me though, as I don’t even eat red meat any more so wouldn’t ever have those experiences in the same way again!
If you could go anywhere in the world tomorrow, where would you go and why?
Abi: Oh god. I think about this all the time. It would depend on what time of year and what mood I was in! I’m actually going to Munich tomorrow, so I’m going to say there! Generally though, either Canada or Fiji. Canada for adventures, Fiji for relaxation.
Hamilton: I’d go to Machu Pichu tomorrow because given the huge surge in tourism to the area, it’s likely that you won’t be able to hike it as extensively as you can now in a couple of years, because it’s eroding so quickly they’ll probably put restrictions on it.
Our Nominees (that we like very much):
I’ve done my best to ensure none of these bloggers have ever been nominated, but obviously if you have then ignore this!
- Where are you from?
- Where would you recommend to others to visit that’s local to you?
- How would you describe yourself in 3 words?
- Best place you’ve ever been? (City, Country, Museum, Supermarket… Anything.)
- Worst place you’ve ever been? (Same rules as above)
- Favourite shoes to travel in?
- Greatest character you’ve ever met whilst travelling?
- What movie can you watch again and again?
- Favourite hot beverage?
- What’s your go to dish? Either you’d make / order in a restaurant?
- Finally, if you could live in any era, what would it be?
Again, thanks so much for the nomination! We can’t wait to read the answers of those we’ve nominated.